Tuesday, 5 May 2015

James Herbert Boulton (1874 - 1948)

James Herbert Boulton  

James Herbert or "Herb" was born on December 3, 1874 at Spring Valley near Brockville, Ontario.  He was the eldest of 5 children of Benjamin and Ann Boulton.  He came with his family to Reston, Manitoba on March 28, 1892 at 18 years old.  According to the RM of Albert History Book written in 1984, he first settled on the Baldwin farm until his house was ready to move into.  He farmed one half section of 6-6-27, seven miles south and one mile west of Reston.

Maggie Sharpe

 He married Margaret Ann Sharp of Halifax, Yorkshire, England on November 5, 1913 and went on to have two sons; Leslie Benjamin (1914-1990) and Bevis William (1917-1978).  

Sadly, Maggie died of cancer on October 4, 1931.  The boys later married and had families of their own, some of whom continue to farm the original homestead of Herbert's at 6-6-27.

Bevis married Margaret Cora McIntosh in 1939 and they had 3 children:  Margaret Ann, William Keith and Carol Beverly.

Leslie married Ruth Elizabeth Howden in 1941 at Waskada and they are pictured above.  Ruth was a teacher who taught at Prairie Rose School near Sinclair, Kinloss (where she met Les) and Lyleton among other places in rural Manitoba.  They had two children, Marjorie Lee and Brian Herbert. Lee has been kind enough to send pictures and information to help with this post.  Thank you.

Herb died in Brandon General Hospital on March 4, 1948 and is buried with Maggie in the Reston Cemetery.

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